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How to maintain your dust collector

Thankfully, the creation of dust collectors has allowed companies to meet strict regulations relating to environmental pollution of dust and fume control. The important issue is to remove any excess dust and fumes from your industrial machinery and in the surrounding air. In turn, this provides a cleaner, safer working environment for staff. To ensure a dust collector is working to its full potential it is imperative to maintain it on a regular basis.

This will keep it running smoothly and also extend its shelf life. To make things easier for you, or whoever it is that will be in charge of maintaining the dust collector, we recommend creating a maintenance schedule which details what needs to be done on a frequent basis and what needs to be checked every now and again. This schedule could compile daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly and yearly tasks however the more common the maintenance is, the better your dust collector will run.

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Below are a few simple, yet effective tasks you should incorporate in order to maintain you dust collector.

  • We would suggest using a pressure gauge (magnehelic gauge) that is attached to the dust extractor where it can be easily read each day or so. Just like the gauges in your car, if the temperature rises there is a problem and you can sort it out immediately before causing major issues to your engine.  The magnehelic gauge is similar it will tell you if the filters are blocked. If this is the case then there is a check list:

  • This one is quite possibly the simplest there is. You should regularly empty the dust bin or bag. If it gets too full then the dust will potentially stay up in the filters. These then become blocked which lessens your suction performance at the machinery pick up points.

  • You will need to keep an eye on the filter cleaning system.  If your dust

Collector’s filters are clogged it is not going to be very effective. Pressure will build up and loss of suction. If there are holes in the filters the dust and fumes will pass back into your factory or outside, all over your cars or your neighbours cars. A properly designed self cleaning system (e.g. Reverse Pulse Dust Extractors that use compressed air, set on a timer or pressure timer, blast a shot of air back on the filter and releases the dust into the bin) will maintain a good lifespan of the filters and prevent blockages.

  • Keep an eye out for any leaks. You do not want any leaking ducting  connections or flexible hose leaks in the system as the dust and leaking ductwork can have suction problems at the machinery extraction points.  If you do come across any holes in the hoses etc., you can patch them up yourself, or replace the entire hose. Or get an expert in like Dust Extraction Solutions.

  • Clean any switches and electrical boxes on the dust collector. Dust particles and fumes can make their way into improper electrical enclosures and  components. This runs the risk of fires or corrosion, so it is important to make sure you use industrial certified IP enclosures and switch gear especially around explosive fumes and volatile dusts.

  • Ensure the exhaust fan is always in prime condition. Any unusual vibration and noise should be immediately checked by a specialist like Dust Extraction Solutions. Hot bearing housings, loose belts and fan vibration are warning signs.

Most importantly, when working with heavy machinery, your safety is extremely important. Make sure you adhere to health and safety guidelines to prevent any accidents from happening. Isolate the fan and lock it out.

This checklist will steer you in the right direction to begin regular maintenance work on your dust collector, however, every piece of machinery is different. Some will require more maintenance work than others, but if you take the time to monitor your equipment regularly, you shouldn’t face any expensive breakdowns.

Why My Business Needs A Dust Collector System

Why do I need a Dust Extraction and Fume Extraction System?

Industrial workshops and manufacturing factories have known for ages that one of the most essential tools on the workshop floor is an efficient and reliable dust and fume extraction system. There are the obvious health and safety benefits for a cleaner breathing and dust and fume-free workplace environment, but you will also be surprised by how productivity and staff attitudes lift along with it.
Not only are you obligated and better off with a dust and fume extraction system, but for workplace OH&S reasons, your machinery can also run more efficiently with the correct system in place. There is less maintenance required and the production downtime is minimised.

It is important to have a dust free environment from electrical cabinetry components. Dusts that can combust like wood dust can spark fire in electrical cabinets. This can be expensive to fix and even worse, insurance companies may not cover this in your policies, not to mention the importance of safety for your staff.

One of the worst issues is dust particles that your staff are breathing in. Some dusts as we know like asbestos are carcinogenic. Once these nasties are in the lungs they can’t come out. Law suits can come back and bite you in a few years.
Properly designed Dust Extractors, with the correct filter media and self cleaning systems, remove the waste from your manufacturing process and store it safely until the waste is picked up and disposed of safely.

The hard fact is that running a factory, either small or large, without a dust and fume extraction system will affect someone or everybody’s health & safety at some stage. Investing in a well designed Dust Extractor is the safer and smarter choice.
Don’t sweep the dust under the carpet…

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XLC Scotch Brite Dust Extraction System

How do I find the right Dust Extractor for my needs?

Before thinking about which dust extractor you should buy, you need to be sure what you plan on using it for and what machinery you may buy in the future, especially if you intend to grow and improve your product process. Buying a dust extractor that has future capacity is always wise. The main extraction fan & motor can be upgraded in the future to accommodate you when your production expands and you update or add in more machinery. A new duct run can also be added to the dust extractor. However the important fact is having the correct air to cloth ratio to accommodate future capacity.
If you are honest with yourself in your intentions for the future of your workplace and your business, going the extra mile will be profitable in the future. There will be less costs required.

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Reverse-Pulse Extractor – Woodworking Tafe

How can I make sure that my Dust Extractor doesn’t compromise the safety of my workplace?

An important thing to remember is that some applications like wood dust that can build up static electricity can be a disaster if the essential items are overlooked. E.G, Antistatic filters or an antistatic flexible hose which is earthed to your machine. Never use PVC stormwater pipe. The law says dust extractors need to have an explosion vent device. This is a pressure release system that is either mechanical or a membrane that will tear to release pressure. An explosion with certain dusts can throw projectiles like metal fragments, and nuts & bolts through the factory. This could be fatal. Not only can that happen but a fire can follow. If your factory walls and ceilings (purlings) have dust build up this can create a secondary explosion. It does happen! We have been to many factories where fires have burnt out dust extraction systems. Very costly rebuilds and expensive productivity downtime.

Dust Extraction Solutions Australia are constantly developing and widening our range of equipment to cater to the increasing demands of different industries and the higher safety standards. We can also act in a consultancy capacity if required, and would be happy to educate you further on the advantages of our dust extractors along with many of our other dust and fume control solutions. Please call us at 1300 800 380 to speak to our friendly staff today.